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oscillateverb [I]

uk   /ˈɒs.ɪ.leɪt/  us   /ˈɑː.səl.eɪt/
to move repeatedly from one position to another: The needle on the dial oscillated between full and empty.
formal If you oscillate between feelings or opinions, you change repeatedly from one to the other: My emotions oscillate between desperation and hope.
specialized physics (of a wave or electric current) to change regularly in strength or direction
oscillation
noun [C or U] uk   /ˌɒs.ɪˈleɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌɑː.səlˈeɪ.ʃən/ formal or specialized
(Definition of oscillate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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oscillateverb [I]

 us   /ˈɑs·əˌleɪt/
to move repeatedly from side to side or up and down between two points, or to vary between two states or amounts, or feelings or opinions: She oscillates between cooperation and hostility.
oscillation
noun [C/U]  us   /ˌɑs·əˈleɪ·ʃən/
Mealtimes strongly influence this daily oscillation in blood sugar, or glucose, concentrations.
(Definition of oscillate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"oscillate" in Business English

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oscillateverb [I]

uk   us   /ˈɒsɪleɪt/
to move repeatedly from one position to another: oscillate between sth and sth The stock has spent most of the past five years oscillating between $3 and $5. The FTSE 100 index closed up 2.4%, having oscillated wildly throughout the week.
oscillation
noun [C or U]
a long period of oscillation between profit and loss
(Definition of oscillate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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